July 28, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: West Wing Week

This week, the President sat down for lunch with young organizers who are working to help implement the Affordable Care Act, hosted the President of Spain and the Miami Heat, traveled to the home of the Wolfpack to announce a new, public-private effort to support investment in our manufacturing sector, announced his nominee to run the Small Business Administration, and spoke on expanding college opportunity, alongside the First Lady.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – — – –☻TRIPLE “W”
    — – - – — –☺MAJOR ?FOCUS: – —The AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. –:>) —–Continuing –Young Peole Signing UP. :>)

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    – - ————☺FOCUS: —-DETROIT —New EFFICIENT CARS

    —————–☺FOCUS —HONOR the Miami Heats

    — ————–☺FOCUS –INCREASE in -COLLEGE FUNDS

    — – — -☻SPECIAL TREAT: — -☺http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog_photos/619564274.jpg GOOD NFL LUCK! Woo! Hoo!

    ——–☻ALEXANDER2♥ — -THANK U 4 — “WWW” —ALWAYS Exciting. :>)
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    • jds09

      Good Morning GLH! It’s just us west coasters. Good Morning POU Fam Sleepyheads.

      • GreenLadyHere

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        — – ♥ B BLESSED –annnnd SAFE.[from the fires] :>)

      • Alma98

        Morning jds!

    • Alma98

      Morning GLH! It looks like we’re gonna get a little sun today.
      Blessings and hugs to you!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – - – -AGAIN —HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY —BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ – –☺http://i.123g.us/c/birth_milestone/card/102961.gif

    – - -☺White House dance party celebrates Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday – - -
    — ——-A birthday party to celebrate Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday took place at the White House, and it was studded with stars, including Magic Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gayle King. Our own Al Roker also made the list, and all guests enjoyed music by Beyonce and John Legend.

    Before the bash, its planner-in-chief, President Obama, kept details under extremely tight wraps, revealing very little about the event or even what he planned to give his wife.

    “Not even the NSA knows that,” he told People magazine last week. He was just as vague with other reporters, saying simply, “It’s going to be a rolling birthday weekend.”

    [President] Obama did, however, take a moment Friday to tweet out a special message to his wife. – - -Sweeeeeeet♥ :>)
    THERE IS MORE – —CONGRATULATIONS —With LOVE♥ :>)

    —ETA: — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWuoGZAz94c

  • goldenstar

    Good Morning from the Midwest. Finished shoveling the light snow that developed overnight.

    • GreenLadyHere

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      GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ – –GOLDenstar :>) —***BIG HUG***—-:>)

      – - –Soooo –U could USE HIM also: LOL –
      —-☺http://www.nlondtwp.com/Highways/Snowblower.gif ENJOY. :>)

      Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM.♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      Waiting for the temperature to rise, then I’m going out to shovel.

    • conlakappa

      What does light snow mean to you folk?

      • goldenstar

        It’s light, like powder and it’s only a couple inches. Takes no effort to shovel.

      • rikyrah

        3 inches or less

  • jds09

    I’m gonna watch Mitt’s movie on Netflix. This is the best attempt so far to put a good spin on his candidacy to date. Even so, if the synopsis is correct it still leaves major unexplained holes in “Mitt’s Story”. Unintentionally, I think it sheds light on a very important truth. Mitt’s candidacy is a microcosm of the state of today’s white American culture:

    They could not imagine a possible loss
    They feel no need to align/examine Mitt’s personality and family life to his business behavior and its impacts as the leader of Bain Capital
    The deep down belief that they should be in charge….just because

    They are not ready for Obama’s American where they are part of a coalition not the “benevolent master.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mitt-romney-netflix-documentary-tpm-review

    • isonprize

      The deep down belief that they should be in charge….just because

      THIS.

    • rikyrah

      The deep down belief that they should be in charge….just because

      I keep on saying this…

      Willard played the Southern Strategy to perfection – after all, he received 60% of the White Vote.

      The difference is..

      IT DIDN’T FUCKING MATTER.

      Willard won 60% of the White Vote and Barack Obama beat his ass like he stole something – Electorally and Popular Vote-Wise.

      They shook.

      They totally shook.

      ‘THOSE PEOPLE’ told them to go somewhere, sit down, STFU because we want Barack Obama as our President.

      They don’t know how to deal.

      • Miranda
      • jds09

        What trips me out, is that they’ve (white people of liberal and conservatives persuasions) have deliberatively ignored his business record. Bain Captial, is the prime example of vulture capitalism. Mitts actions destroyed people’s lives. They rather introduce the idea that the “real, personal be Mitt” wasn’t introduced to America. It’s delusional.

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          Here’s the thing that I’ve finally come to terms with – there are some people that are just really nice, great people to folks that are like them. But don’t give two shiznits about anybody else.

          I used to do that whole “fan” thing with entertainers, but then I’d hear about some of the crap they do or believe and all the shine would wear off.

          Mitt Romney may very well be the wonderful man that Ann Romney swears to the heavens that he is – while, at the same time, he thinks that people that were destroyed by his business practices are losers because they didn’t dust themselves off and create something new for themselves.

          • TresL

            This is so true. I remember a trial some years ago where several white police officers were on trial for beating a black man to death and their families were all over TV talking about what loving, great family men they were while the prosecution portrayed them as brutal, despicable, racists at work. Both things can be true.

          • conlakappa

            I think they overestimated too just how unlikable she is. They figured with the return of Dallas, that must mean that people admire the rich. She got stuck trying to play catch-up to a dynamic First Lady. That was never going to work. People the world over admire the First Lady, which they could never do of an unserious woman with a lot of money yet a bad dye job who was set on convincing people she was just like them.

          • BarbinAtlSouth

            I put Ann Romney in the same boat as Barbara Bush – both of ‘em unpleasant and not scared to show because it’s their right to be nasty.

          • conlakappa

            Babs didn’t care; she is old money. But I think Miss Ann does. She wasn’t as fragile as they tried to presenr in Run, Take 1, but she still strikes me as insecure.

          • TresL

            That interview Ann and Mitt gave to Diane Sawyer, I think, revealed just how ugly, entitled and nasty they both were. When Sawyer asked what would they like to say to the Obama’s? Mitt’s replied, “start packing” and they both laughed and then Ann followed that with, “it’s Mitt’s turn..it’s our turn now.” It was I’m sure what Sawyer wanted by asking such a messy question. She got a messy answer that revealed everything we needed to know about those people. Unbelievable!

        • qosine

          People worried that JFK would answer to
          the Pope in Rome, but nobody asked Mitt,
          who’s a top leader in HIS church, where
          his ultimately loyalty would lie.

          Given his bust out model at Bain, I’d wager the USA should, in his mind, be in service to his
          church and the expansion of his religions, and the Bain model was one way to achieve that.

          Religion and State can never, never, intermix.

          Civilization 101.

          • jds09

            Where he held the title of Bishop no less. Willfull ignorance.

        • TresL

          He never even released his tax returns beyond two years.

    • conlakappa

      It’s at Sundance. His chance to reach the disaffected latte liberal crowd? I saw that MoDo is mocking him in today’s column. I cannot be moved to read it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – - – -RE:- – AG Holder: — – -:>)

    — -Holder to appear before Senate panel – - -

    – - – — -Attorney General Eric Holder will be asked to testify later this month about additional reforms to the nation’s surveillance programs, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Sunday.
    — -In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Leahy said that Holder would appear before the panel on January 29
    — one day after the president’s State of the Union address.

    THERE IS MORE —-
    –NOT 2 WORRY. – - -He’s –GOT THIS. :>)
    - –[Gotta "bounce" :>) Good luck --NFL. Woo! Hoo! :>)♥] -

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.

      Doing laundry and conditioning my hair right now..LOL

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah!
        I’ve got to gas up my car I got 42 miles left on it lol.

    • qosine

      Good morning, Alma!
      Stellar sun. Those colors. Mmmmm.

  • Miranda

    W. Virginia water polluter Freedom Industries files bankruptcy in legal shell game

    Freedom Industries fouled a sixth of West Virginia’s water supply last week with toxic chemicals. Friday it filed for bankruptcy, which will at least temporarily shield the firm from lawsuits.

    And in a brazen legal gambit, the owner of Freedom Industries has also created a shell company to provide financing to his bankrupt firm, which may allow him to retain much of the assets of the firm if and when it is dissolved in bankruptcy.

    Freedom owes $3.6 million to its top 20 unsecured creditors, according to bankruptcy documents obtained by the West Virginia Gazette. The company also owes the IRS more than $2.4 million in unpaid taxes dating back 13 years. more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/18/w-virginia-water-polluter-freedom-industries-files-bankruptcy-in-legal-shell-game/

    • Alma98

      Just scummy!

    • rikyrah

      knew it

    • goldenstar

      This guy and his posse don’t realize that the PBO administration is watching and reviewing. These feds don’t play. There will be action.

  • Miranda

    I’m looking forward to this!Black Royalty! Meet “The Czar of Black Hollywood”He won a Directors Guild of America Award. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his own commemorative stamp.

    And now Oscar Micheaux is getting his own series.

    “The Czar of Black Hollywood” is an upcoming documentary series chronicling the first 20 years of film pioneer Oscar Micheaux.more here: http://www.eurweb.com/2014/01/black-royalty-meet-the-czar-of-black-hollywood-watch/#more-415685

    • Alma98

      I’m looking forward to it too Miranda!
      Too bad they’ve snatched the preview down.

    • rikyrah

      whoo hoo!!

    • qosine

      Def watching this.

      • conlakappa

        I remember when his movies used to come on from time to time on weekend afternoons. Hope it brings a wider audience and appreciation.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Feeling all kinds of uninformed – have to find out who Oscar Micheaux is.

  • Alma98

    Hey GLH it looks like Serena was playing hurt. I wish she wouldn’t do that she could make it worse. I knew something was wrong because her service motion was different. And she wasn’t serving as hard as she usually does. Get well soon Serena and stop playing hurt girl.

    • crazycanuck

      Heard it was her back

      • Alma98

        Yeah cc she wasn’t going to say anything and move on. But someone on her coaching staff spilled the beans. You know Serena doesn’t like to talk about her injuries. Even though you could tell something was not right with her serve a few days ago.

  • Miranda

    Michelle Obama’s Star-Studded 50th Birthday Party

    Family and friends left the White House at 2 a.m.
    BY: LYNETTE HOLLOWAY
    Posted: Jan. 19 2014 10:25 AM

    Stars like Beyoncé, former NBA superstar Magic Johnson, singer Smokey Robinson and actor Samuel L. Jackson showed up at the White House Saturday evening to help Michelle Obama celebrate her 50th birthday, CNN reports.

    Family and friends left the gathering about 2 a.m. The celebration reportedly featured entertainment by Beyoncé, who performed several songs.

    The first lady’s invitations generated controversy earlier after it was revealed that they advised guests that only drinks and light snacks would be served.

    But the food menu, or lack thereof, didn’t appear to bother any of those who attended. They mostly wanted to talk about how great the 50-year-old first lady looked, and how much in love President Obama is with his wife, the report says.

    Michelle Obama donned red and black and looked stunning, CNN reports.http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/01/michelle_obama_s_star_studded_50th_birthday_party.html?wpisrc=topstories

    • Alma98

      I hope FLOTUS had a ball. And now the media seems to be obsessed with why FLOTUS doesn’t look like a prune. Black don’t crack fools how many times we gotta tell y’all this lol.
      What’s Sam doing there after his latest jab at PBO?

      • goldenstar

        Not sure that most of the media has even heard this expression and am sure that they haven’t noticed. They’re so focused on other methods of objectification.

      • itgurl_29

        They are so mad they actually had to ask her about botox. Jealous bitter hoes. Like I said, white women age like pumpkins so they can’t get over the fact that Michelle can easily pass for 35.

      • isonprize

        Alma, what’d I miss? Did Samuel L say something stupid?

    • rikyrah

      so glad that FLOTUS had a wonderful party

  • Miranda

    Hoboken Mayor Defends Sandy Aid Claims: ‘I Stand By My Word’
    CAITLIN MACNEAL – JANUARY 19, 2014, 10:19 AM Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Sunday defended her claims that the New Jersey governor’s office tied Sandy relief aid to a real estate project in Hoboken backed by Gov. Chris Christie (R).

    “I stand by my word,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “They were holding our Sandy funds hostage.”

    Zimmer on Saturday said that Lieutentant Gov. Kim Guadagno told Zimmer that her town would receive a large sum of Sandy relief aid if the mayor pushed for the quick approval of a real estate project important to the governor.more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hoboken-mayor-zimmer-defends-sandy-aid-claims

  • Miranda

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, other Democrats ‘welcome’ Chris Christie to Florida
    5:42 p.m. EST, January 18, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, seized the opportunity Saturday to bash Republican Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Scottof Florida.

    Appearing at a news conference at the Dania Beach tri-rail commuter rail station, Wasserman Schultz and other Democrats used the first day of a weekend visit to Florida by the Jersey governor to criticize him and Scott, a beneficiary of Christie’s fundraising events.

    With the Republicans keeping Christie and Scott under wraps, with no public events and nothing open to news coverage, Wasserman Schultz attracted a large media crowd: a couple of dozen reporters and TV camera operators. Seven TV cameras recorded her comments.more here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/broward-politics-blog/sfl-debbie-wasserman-schultz-democrats-chris-christie-florida-20140118,0,7234814.story

    • qosine

      I love this.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Apparently the DNC is just as interested as we are that 2014 not be a repeat of 2010. Go DWS!

  • rikyrah

    Michelle Obama:
    A Woman of Substance
    by André Leon Talley

    From the causes she supports to her democratic fashion choices, which have elevated White House style, First Lady Michelle Obama sets an example in the national spotlight.

    Like all of First Lady Michelle Obama’s endeavors—fighting childhood obesity, supporting military families, balancing work and life—her personal, impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September was awesome and inspiring. She brought it! To deliver her powerful message (which clocked nearly 30,000 tweets per minute), she wore a sleeveless framboise-and-gray Baroque-print silk-jacquard dress by Tracy Reese and a pair of J.Crew bois de rose court pumps. The night showcased the evolution of Obama from a rookie clad in conservative Maria Pinto at the 2008 convention to polished political dynamo in 2012.

    “She is a modern First Lady, unrestricted by outdated codes or fussy ideas of what a woman in her position should wear—that is so refreshing!” says Reese. “Her style is feminine yet strong, fashion-forward yet accessible. She blends mass retail with a mix of known and up-and-coming American designers. It’s an important message for modern women everywhere, who are learning by her example to wear what you love and feel confident in. You can enjoy fashion while still always looking appropriate.”

    By day, Obama is pragmatic in her choice of labels, including working-woman staples like Talbots and Ann Taylor. Or else she recycles her fave-rave fit-and-flare dresses in standout prints: a marine blue–and–turquoise mosaic-tile print Barbara Tfank for a visit to an after-school program in Gainesville, Florida; an incredibly elegant black-and-white outscale floral Tracy Reese on the campaign trail in Philadelphia (in addition to Reese, she chooses African-American designers Laura Smalls and Mimi Plange); and a graphic geometric print Diane von Furstenberg for her convention run-through. But nothing beats the sleeveless full-skirted red check ASOS dress she wore to a rally in Iowa. (It was first seen last year at a military-families event in New Hampshire. Her message: Wear a dress often; just change up the accessories.)

    http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/michelle-obama-a-woman-of-substance/#1

    • isonprize

      Rikyrah, I don’t see when this article was written, but I still think that it is all the more reason that ALT’s tweet about not being invited to her birthday dance party was sarcasm and shade thrown at the whiners.

  • trose1

    I think there was a story last week about “the Black press” wanting to get money from the government from a tobacco lawsuit. Not sure of the details.
    I have observed whenever there are funds to be given out we hear about the lack of funds given to “Black press” etc.
    However , when it comes to something like Black preachers selling themselves to the highest bidder in politics you don’t see any sort of “journalism” by the “Black pres.” Maybe there is but I have not seen it.

    • jds09

      In my limited experience, the black printed product is weak.

      When I lived in LA it was obvious that they didn’t have a proof reader. Plus (this used to drive me crazy) the paper was disorganized, for example if it said continued on page 3, it wasn’t on page three, you had to hunt around to find the rest of the story.

      In San Diego, its straight up extortion. It’s an open secret that you can’t get a story placed in the paper unless you or your organization buys an ad.

      They’re dying and I have no sympathy.

      • Alma98

        They never got a lot of readership in the first place.
        They didn’t know how to market themselves either, other than we should read it because we’re black.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      On Rev. Al’s radio show maybe a little over a week ago, George Curry was talking about a lawsuit filed against the tobacco companies because they targeted young PoC with cigarette ads, specifically in the black press. As a result, they have to advertise and somehow make it better. The thing George Curry was livid about, was that everybody BUT black media was listed to get the new ads.

      I’m looking for a link but can’t find one.

  • rikyrah

    50 and fashionable: How Michelle Obama used style to move a nation
    By Harriette Cole
    updated 9:12 AM EST, Fri January 17, 2014

    And yet, for many women, 50 is the age when we reach our stride. It’s when we begin to love our maturing bodies. When we claim our personal style. When we step into our own power.

    So, what does the new 50 look like? Two words: Michelle Obama.

    When you go through the endless scroll of photos of the first lady — from Inauguration Day, when she first was cloaked in edgy designer Isabel Toledo, to a recent state dinner honoring the British Prime Minister where she was wearing a sleek, off-the-shoulder dress from American design house Marchesa — you see a fabulous and undeniable evolution.

    Obama has the nerve to look younger, fitter, and more comfortable in her skin than she did seven years ago. How she does it is an inspiration to all of us over 50.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/17/opinion/cole-michelle-obama-fashion/index.html?sr=tw011614michelleobamabirthday1p

  • Miranda

    I love the Tom&Lorenzo comments. They really keep it 100!

    OPRAH IN AZZEDINE ALAÏA AT THE 2014 CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Miss Oprah says, “I don’t need any damn Oscar nomination. Check my shit out.”http://wpc.4d27.edgecastcdn.net/004D27/2014/Awards/2014CriticsChoiceMovieAwards/OprahAzzedineAlaia2014CriticsChoiceMovieAwards/Oprah-Azzedine-Alaia-2014-Critics-Choice-Movie-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-1.jpg more here: http://tomandlorenzo.com/2014/01/oprah-in-azzedine-alaia-at-the-2014-critics-choice-movie-awards/

    • conlakappa

      While the body of the dress looks good, with Alaia’s patented creation of frocks for women not a size 0, I will say it: The O needs to work with a foundation-garment specialist. The girls could be tidier. There is a way to have them sitting up there and still be pretty.

      • goldenstar

        I think that she likes the look. Alot of her style looks like this.

        • conlakappa

          Really? I have seen her girls looking bound and like they were trying to escape over the top of the cups, which makes me think of sweat and chafing. I would have cut that neckline a little lower if boobies on the half-shell was the aim.

          • goldenstar

            Oh. On the more recent programs, I have noticed this look but these are not awards programs. I love your descriptors!

          • conlakappa

            Thanks! I may or may not have a foundation-garment I describe as half-shell! I suddenly understand a salesman reaching into my top and making an adjustment. In that case, it was shoulder pads and I am pretty sure he was gay (we were in Key West), but seeing The O makes me want to do that. Give each girl a little more alone time! A 1/4 inch would make a difference.
            Now that is as much time as I want to spend thinking about her rack!

    • goldenstar

      Oprah looking good for her big birthday.

  • rikyrah

    Fifty, Fierce and the First Lady
    Michaela Angela Davis on the significance of Michelle Obama at that special age

    “I love your wife.”

    I’ve had one chance to say one thing to the president of these whole United States and that’s what I said? He was Senator Barack Obama at the time, a presidential hopeful. It was summer 2007 and the hope of Black, young and progressive America was so fresh and thick on him he left some in my palm after I shook his hand, the dew of hope in my grip.

    “Well, I do too” he said, then shot me that sly spectacular smile.

    We snapped a photo and that was last I saw of that Illinois senator.

    That one thing I said to the President, was the truth. I did love his wife.

    I loved what she symbolized, I loved her station, her stature, her style, her skin, and I loved her big, smart smile.

    I remember like it was today, the moment I learned I loved her.

    A small cadre of significant sisters had an event: “Women of Harlem present Michelle Obama.” It was early Spring and the uptown air held a bit of a chilly sting, so her supple kid leather gloves were so appropriate, so old school chic and new school gangster. I noticed her details. I watched as she entered the room of leading women most of whom she had never met, as if we were her besties and this was her birthday tea. She wore a light wool topcoat with a perfectly modern sheath dress beneath. She was taller than I had imagined—actually, I’d never really imagined her. I dared not imagine a First Lady like this: warm, engaging, funny and Black from a distance (a description I boosted from Melissa Harris Perry, who borrowed it from her BFF Professor Blair L.M. Kelley). I was pleased she wasn’t delicate; she had a substantial physical presence that had to be reckoned with. Nope, she was “not his little wife.” She glided her way around the room with purpose, no wasted moves. When it came time to give her campaign pep talk she got loose, giving us real talk. Though I can’t quote anything she said that day, I’ll never forget how she made me feel: relevant. She was not yet the First Lady, not restrained by the enormity and complexity of what the Obama White House would become. There were no big cameras, no official press; she was not squeezed under the global media microscope. She brought Michelle, the Black girl from Chicago to the party— sarcastic but not mean spirited, possessing a couture type swag that let’s you know she could be a boss without being bougie.

    http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/fifty-fierce-and-the-first-lady-405#.UttWR7RMGM-

    • qosine

      Great writing, Michaela Angela Davis
      “Though I can’t quote anything she said that day, I’ll never forget how she made me feel: relevant.”

      “She brought Michelle, the Black girl from Chicago to the party— sarcastic but not mean spirited, possessing a couture type swag that let’s you know she could be a boss without being bougie.”

  • Miranda

    LOL…I was wondering how David Gregory would cape for Chris Christie….smh….Guiliani?? That was the best you could do?Giuliani calls investigation of Christie a ‘partisan witch hunt’
    BY JOSH HICKS
    January 19 at 11:38 am

    Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Sunday that the New Jersey legislature’s investigation into the bridge scandal tied to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s inner circle “clearly is a partisan witch hunt.”

    Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Giuliani (R) said Christie’s response to the controversy could prove beneficial in a potential 2016 presidential run. “He’s given an example of a leader taking responsibility for something that was, no question about it, wrong,” he said.

    Giuliana also said the scandal does not confirm Democratic suggestions that Christie (R) has shown a pattern of political bullying.more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/19/giuliani-calls-investigation-of-christie-a-partisan-witch-hunt/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd

    • trose1

      The mayor of Hooboken was one of the NJ Dems who laid on the ground and let Christie walk on her. I guess now she is a monster trying to “get” Christie.
      smdh

    • Alma98

      I guess Gooliani was the best he could do Miranda lol.

      All the other republicans want Christie gone and he knows it.

      • Miranda

        Wait….so they couldn’t get Rove either? *snicker*

        • Alma98

          LOL

    • jds09

      “Mr. 30 million and 0 electoral votes” got an opinion? I’ll pass.

    • Kennymack1971

      But BENGHAZI! and IRSGate weren’t partisan witch hunts? STFU Rudy.

      • conlakappa

        A witch hunt also implies that some low-level people will get caught in the churn. No, this is a case of “what did he know and when did he know it.” This is the top of the pyramid, not the search for underlings who can take the fall.

    • conlakappa

      I know black women whose careers and professional futures je has ruined and not just the ordinary state workers. I hope they come forward and talk about that bullying.

    • qosine

      Called in Mr. Life Lock, I see.

      • Miranda

        LMAO

  • Miranda

    So this is the gameplan…….look for Morning Joe to double down on the defense of Christie and go into full protection mode
    Chris Christie Is Going To War With MSNBCstatement from Christie: “MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him, even taking the unprecedented step of producing and airing a nearly three-minute attack ad against him this week. Governor Christie and his entire administration have been helping Hoboken get the help they need after Sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million dollars in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the Obama Administration approves the next rounds of funding. The Governor and Mayor Zimmer have had a productive relationship, with Mayor Zimmer even recently saying she’s ‘very glad’ he’s been our Governor. It’s very clear partisan politics are at play here as Democratic mayors with a political axe to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television.”more here: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Chris-Christie-Is-Going-To-War-With-MSNBC-5155968.php

    • rikyrah

      this is going to be fun.

      • Alma98

        It sure is rikyrah, it sure is.

      • Miranda

        Watch the White House Press Corp act doubly foolish this week.

    • Alma98

      Dis gone be good! hahahahahaha

    • rikyrah

      she asked for over 120 million.

      she got less than $150,000

      EXPLAIN THAT.

      80% of her city was UNDER WATER DURING SANDY.

      And she couldn’t get over $150,000 for her city?

      G-T-F-O-H

      follow the money, folks.

      folks beginning to follow the money..and that’s when everything always gets interesting.

      • jds09

        If Christie messed with some FEMA money, the DOJ has noted the fact and has something for him. Trust that.

      • conlakappa

        I predict claims of a bureaucratic shortcoming on her part. Proper form not signed. Deadline not met. Blah, blah, blah somehow FEMA and therefore the President’s fault. “It wasn’t me” is the Shaggy tale Corruptie is sticking with.

    • Kennymack1971

      The Bat Signal has gone up. Joe, Mika , Chuck and the gang are now going to try to cast this as “left wingers run amok” and calling for Christie to be left alone. Problem is that the local and NJ state media have zero fucks to give about Christie’s national ambitions and will not be letting this go. So the Save Christie brigade will just have to deal.

  • Miranda

    Keith Boykin ‏@keithboykin 21m
    This article should be required reading for everyone in America today. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/opinion/sunday/for-the-love-of-money.html?hp&rref=opinion …For the Love of Money
    By SAM POLK JAN. 18, 2014

    IN my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to pay, no philanthropic goal in mind. I wanted more money for exactly the same reason an alcoholic needs another drink: I was addicted.

    Eight years earlier, I’d walked onto the trading floor at Credit Suisse First Boston to begin my summer internship. I already knew I wanted to be rich, but when I started out I had a different idea about what wealth meant. I’d come to Wall Street after reading in the book “Liar’s Poker” how Michael Lewis earned a $225,000 bonus after just two years of work on a trading floor. That seemed like a fortune. Every January and February, I think about that time, because these are the months when bonuses are decided and distributed, when fortunes are made.

    I’d learned about the importance of being rich from my dad. He was a modern-day Willy Loman, a salesman with huge dreams that never seemed to materialize. “Imagine what life will be like,” he’d say, “when I make a million dollars.” While he dreamed of selling a screenplay, in reality he sold kitchen cabinets. And not that well. We sometimes lived paycheck to paycheck off my mom’s nurse-practitioner salary.more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/opinion/sunday/for-the-love-of-money.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

    • conlakappa

      It did make for interesting reading yet seemed to see the parallels outside of the hedge fund world. His current project seems interesting

  • Miranda

    Hoboken residents blast Christie administration amid mayor’s allegations of strong-arming
    Residents ripped the governor’s administration over Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s claims that she was squeezed to support a local development deal in order to get more Hurricane Sandy relief funds. Some felt it was New Jersey politics as usual, but doubted Christie’s presidential hopes could survive this and the Bridgegate scandal: ‘I don’t think he stands a chance now.’

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hoboken-residents-react-mayor-dawn-zimmer-claims-christie-administration-article-1.1584466#ixzz2qrxTRd7r

  • goldenstar

    I watched Cordray interview on C-Span this morning. They are closely reviewing this stuff. This is a total game changer because so many working class and middle class families are affected.

    Inspecting a Student Loan Spigot

    A few days after Christmas, ITT Educational Services, one of the nation’s largest operators of for-profit technical schools, reported some unwelcome news. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had warned the company that it might seek penalties and remedies against it for possible student loan violations.

    ITT maintained that its practices were legal and said it would vigorously defend itself. Happily for the company, its shareholders seem unworried: last week, the stock hit a new 52-week high, closing at $45.27.

    ITT is not the only for-profit educator under scrutiny, of course. But it is among the largest. At 149 institutes in 39 states (and online), ITT offers nursing, criminal justice, business, information technology and other programs to 61,000 students. Based in Carmel, Ind., the company generated $800 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2013, down 18 percent from the year-earlier period.

    The consumer bureau, ITT’s filing said, wants to determine whether lenders and student loan servicers working with for-profit colleges “are engaging in unlawful acts or practices relating to the advertising, marketing, or origination of private student loans.”

    That’s a pretty broad purview. Asked for more details last week, Rohit Chopra, student loan ombudsman at the consumer protection bureau, said he couldn’t comment on individual companies.

    But with total student debt topping $1 trillion today, regulators are clearly on the alert for abusive practices. And with jobs scarce for recent graduates, these loads loom even larger.

    Debt carried by students at for-profit colleges can be especially onerous when compared with what attendees make after graduation. Nicole Elam, an ITT spokeswoman, said the average annual salary reported by its 2012 graduates was $32,612. Their average debt burden was around $30,000, she said. By comparison, the average student loan balance nationwide and across all institutions was $24,803, Federal Reserve research shows.

    Ms. Elam declined to comment further on the consumer bureau’s warning. But delving into ITT’s financial statements provides clues to what the regulator may be looking at. First, though, a tutorial in the student loan industry may be in order.

    The United States government is by far the largest lender to students. In 2012, it provided 73 percent of the $236.7 billion in total student aid offered that year, up from 67 percent a decade earlier.

    Private-sector loans, meanwhile, have plummeted in recent years — to $6.4 billion last year from $22.9 billion in 2008 — as investors retreated from the market.

    Among for-profit institutions like ITT, student access to private loans is crucial. Under Department of Education rules, no more than 90 percent of tuition payments can come from federal funding. At least 10 percent must come from private sources like family savings or other lending institutions. Veterans’ tuition costs, however, can be fully paid by federal programs.
    …….
    http://goo.gl/N7pl8B

    • jds09

      I hate these predators. That’s what they are, predators. They trade on people’s optimism and dreams, then burden them with a substandard education and debt. I hate them.

    • qosine

      Cordray’s galloping now. ITT’s hearing that sound
      of thundering hooves. “Matt,” said Ms. Kitty. “I know,
      Ms. Kitty.”

  • rikyrah

    Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?
    By DAVID SEGAL
    JAN. 18, 2014

    Ross Ulbricht’s last moments as a free man were noisy enough to draw a crowd. Employees at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco library heard a crashing sound and rushed to the science fiction section, expecting to find a patron had hit the floor. Instead, they found a handful of federal agents surrounding a slender 29-year-old man with light brown hair and wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

    The goal of the arrest, at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2013, was not simply to apprehend Mr. Ulbricht, but also to prevent him from performing the most mundane of tasks: closing his laptop. That computer, according to the F.B.I., was the command center of Silk Road, the world’s largest and most notorious black market for drugs. In just two and a half years, the government says, Silk Road had become a hub for more than $1.2 billion worth of transactions, many of them in cocaine, heroin and LSD.

    The site was like an eBay for the illicit, celebrated by drug enthusiasts, denounced by United States senators and stalked by four federal agencies. But because it was run on Tor, an encrypted Internet network, and because it merely connected buyers and sellers — rather than warehousing any products — it seemed to operate in a vaporous cloud. It was a business without infrastructure, other than a few servers and that laptop, which on 3:14 that October afternoon sat on a library desk, open.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/business/eagle-scout-idealist-drug-trafficker.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&src=me&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Most%20Emailed&pgtype=article

    • conlakappa

      We know it will be explained. Somehow it won’t be his fault.

      • jds09

        He’ll get probation. smh

        • rikyrah

          it’s that AFFLUENZA rearing its ugly head again

          • conlakappa

            Rap or video games. Bet on it.

    • qosine

      Why, it’s like, well, not a crime, in that typical sense, right, NYT special readers? Why no, said the plebes. Buttering on those qualifiers, doesn’t change the chemical state of burnt toast.

      “But because it was run on Tor, an encrypted Internet network, and because it merely connected buyers and sellers — rather than warehousing any products — it seemed to operate in a vaporous cloud.”

      • conlakappa

        Keep forgetting to talk about a radio interview with DC residents, asking about legalization of weed. It was black radio but they clearly asked the most Dude-bro of Dude-bros, who said, “it would keep certain people out of the legal system.” Not certain current crimes. People.

        • qosine

          Wow. There it is.
          “Not current crimes. People.”

          • rikyrah

            boom

      • malletgirl02

        Actually it is worst then a regular drug dealer. The regular drug dealer has a very limited supply and customer base. This guy’s supply and customer based seems way more expansive.

    • sagittarius

      Dude’s profile is still on LinkedIn. It reads like a tale from Hans Christian Anderson.

      • qosine

        Dude bros flipping through pages of fairy tales,
        looking for that perfect defense to give their
        crimes that special, romantic cast.

        • Alma98

          There’s a movie like this coming out, featuring Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin. He’s an escaped convict who hides out at her home.

          • conlakappa

            And is a father-figure to her son. How many twists can their fairy tales have? First they sold women on the notion that a guy obsessed with you is a good thing now housing a fugitive is just lovely. My neighbor-friend from Iowa used to address first-year college girls in the area about what doesn’t mean love, drawn from her experience with her first husband. She was living her white-girl dream until he beat her.

          • Alma98

            Black women who have done this are berated for doing so. But hey let’s make a romantic movie about it.

          • qosine

            True story. Some guy I meet in grad school,
            stalked me YEARS!

            Oh, he really must LOVE you; Well, change your # or hey, just move; Well, you slept with him; He just needs help.

            I mean, like damn, I dated people in school.
            So? Really, The Fairy Tale phenom at work.

          • conlakappa

            Sad. Only after the lacrosse player kill his girlfriend at UVA did the public become aware of it being on the books in Virginia that unmarried women could press restraining orders against guys they once dated.

          • lamh36

            I have a theory that the whole Disney “fairy tale” Princesses series is detrimental to the psyche of lil girls everywhere.

            Its why I really enjoyed Princess Tiana or Mulan…a princesses who weren’t just “pretty girls” being saved from a life of loneliness by Prince Charming

          • malletgirl02

            Have you seen Frozen? The twist totally devastates the concept of Prince Charming.

          • qosine

            I confess, sounds like a good movie.)
            But a terrible LIFE.

          • Alma98

            heehee:)

          • jds09

            LOL. That’s almost as bad as the movie where Nicholas Cage (I think) willingly gave up being an Angel (hanging out with the Creator of Everything) to be with Meg Ryan. When I saw that trailer I burst out laughing. It’s still funny.

          • lamh36

            don’t you dare malign City of Angels…I LOVE THAT movie, and own it and will watch it whenever its on

          • malletgirl02

            The plot of that movie seems like what is known as stockhlom syndrome.

  • sagittarius

    Afternoon, Fam!

    Hope all is well. Let the Slobberbowl (Broncos vs Patriots) commence! (h/t Asiangrrl)

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, sag.

      Sending positive thoughts your way.

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, Rikyrah!

        Thank you – backatcha!

    • Alma98

      Afternoon sagi! Husband’s out getting snacks for it lol.

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, Alma!

        Haven’t decided if I’ll watch…

    • rikyrah

      I can’t help it. I hate the Patriots..

      Go Broncos!!

      • TresL

        I hate the Patriots too.

        A few days ago I was trying to find a way to email Stephen A. Smith on First Take because he and Skip were discussing a poll that ranked Tom Brady the least liked quarterback in the NFL. Of course, they were both convinced his poor showing was rooted in jealousy of his looks, model wife, etc. etc. I never found an email address but I could list so many things to despise about the Patriots, Belichik and Brady that have nothing to do with petty jealousies starting with Spygate and how it gets swept under the rug whenever the Patriot’s “greatness” is debated. No one will ever convince me that their cheating did not give them at least a 3-point advantage which just happens to be the margin of “victory” for all three of their Superbowls and how they’ve not won a Superbowl since their cheating was exposed.

        • jds09

          So true. Yesterday I listened to sportstalk radio on a long drive from Santa Ana to San Diego. The deification of Brady and Manning was over the top. You would have thought they were the only two players on their teams. And NOBODY mentioned the cheating scandal when it came to talking about Belichick.

          • TresL

            Can you imagine if a black coach/quarterback had been caught in a cheating scandal?

            I think the deification has a lot to do with keeping the evolution of the quarterback position at bay for as long as possible. They know that pretty soon that position which has been reserved for white boys will soon be taken over by athletic, black quarterbacks and they clearly don’t want that to happen; no more than they want the president to be black or Santa Claus for that matter.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Brady’s a great QB. One of the best this league has ever seen and I’m no fan either but credit where due.

          • TresL

            I’d like to see how great he would have been were it not for the “tuck rule” (which has now been abolished, btw) and spygate. Also, during those Superbowl runs, the Patriots’ defense was their real strength and the kicker, Adam Vinateri, of course. In recent years, they’ve had the benefit of being in one of the consistently shittiest divisions in the NFL.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            There’s no revision. You play the hand you’re dealt. Any QB of any era can say “what if”. Football is a team game but you need a great QB to take you to that point of success. I’ve seen team with great receivers, defenses, running games and every post season they’re sitting at home because the guy calling the plays couldn’t do the job. Brady is a great QB hands down.

          • TresL

            I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. I don’t find years of organized, pervasive cheating as playing the hand you’re dealt. That’s marking the cards and dealing from the bottom of the deck. He’s good at best and average at worst which he so clearly demonstrated today. Thank God I can watch the Superbowl now that they’ve been eliminated.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            To believe that the scope of Tom Brady’s career is all due to cheating is revisionism. Brady’s great. As much as I don’t like the Patriots I’ve seen him get the job done too often to pretend otherwise. He’s a Hall of Fame QB and it’s pretty obvious why, This year was a perfect example. He took a rag tag injury riddled offense and got them to the AFC Championship game. The QB in my hometown only wishes he could do that. I was going to watch the Superbowl whether New England made it or not.

          • Miranda

            I will say he’s a great QB….got to give him that.

      • TyrenM

        I’ve told you all before I can’t stand all teams Boston.

    • conlakappa

      Yeah, media folk are in full knob-polishing mode over “the game America wanted.” None of these young Negro upstarts: this is what quarterbacks are supposed to look like, by golly!!! They even mentioned that Slow Pete’s wife is pretty too. Yeah, I don’t know.

      • TyrenM

        That ‘s why I hope the NFC curb stomps the AFC in this Super Bowl.

        • conlakappa

          Current floating headline: AFC is old school while NFC is new school. We know what they mean.

  • rikyrah

    Got The Butler from Redbox and just finished watching it.

    Forrest Whitaker and Oprah were robbed of Oscar Noms….period.

    • crazycanuck

      Come on can’t have too many blah people nominated.

      • TresL

        The year Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy were nominated for Dreamgirls and Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland, it appeared because of their earlier wins at the GG and SAG awards that the three of them were going to win Oscars and then somehow Eddie Murphy lost. I don’t know how the voting for these awards are timed; but, it seemed as though the voters saw the earlier shows and said, “hold up; we can’t have three black people winning an Oscar in the same year.” And we didn’t.

        • conlakappa

          Probably still smarting from criticism of when Denzel and Halle won the same night Mr. Poitier won a special award. I think Eddie also suffers from the low thoughts of people whose roots are in comedy. Any dramatic role is seen as Oscar baiting (see Jim Carrey).

        • BoomerGal

          I don’t think either one are that great as actors. She needs to stick to singing and him, comedy.

          • TresL

            I think they were both as good if not better than the competition in their respective roles that year. Also, I don’t think you have to be a great actor in general to give a great performance in a particular role. For example, Jamie Foxx was fantastic in Collateral and Ray and clearly deserved the Oscar but not all that great in other roles.

        • lamh36

          I’ve read speculation that right after Dreamgirls, Norbit came out and the last image Academy voters had of Eddie Murphy was Norbit. Also too, Eddie wasn’t even trying to play the game of soliciting that alot of Oscar films and producers do

          • TresL

            I heard that too. In fact there was this one critic, his name escapes me, who seemed to be on a one-man mission to prevent Murphy from winning the Oscar and he mentioned Norbit more than once in that effort.

        • malletgirl02

          At least we have the 2013 Tonys awards, Three black people won, Patina miller for best actress in a musical, Courtney vance was best feature actor, and Billy Porter for best actor in a musical. A black actress Audra macdonald has won 5 Tony awards. Broadway seems to have been better for black people than television or film.

          • crazycanuck

            They like us in musicals

    • Miranda

      When Forrest Whitaker, Denzel, Don Cheadle or Morgan Freeman take on serious dramatic roles….a space should automatically be reserved for their Oscar nomination.

  • rikyrah

    Reminder..

    SHERLOCK returns to PBS tonight!!

    • Joy

      I don’t know why I was watching “Elementary” when this version of Sherlock Holmes existed. I’ve spent the last week catching up and my favorite ep is the one with The Woman. Can’t wait to see tonite!

      • rikyrah

        I’ve watched the episode with Irene Adler at least a half dozen times. absolutely love it.

        • Joy

          I was fascinated by those text messages and how each one fit into different scenes. I’ve seen lots of portrayals of Irene Adler, but this one is the best one by far.

          • rikyrah

            the actor who plays Mycroft is one of the two Executive Producers of the show…

        • lamh36

          that really was a great episode Rikyrah. The writers of this show are really good.

      • lamh36

        this version of Sherlock is soo much better than Elementary, the trick of having Watson being a female rather than male has worn off. This version made me realize how much the relationship between Sherlock Watson, needed to be one in which NO possible hint of sexual attraction is there.

        Not that there is sexual attraction between female Watson and Holmes, but having female Watson sleep with Mycroft (Sherlock’s brother) was just too much IMHO.

  • Miranda

    3rd Woman in Louisiana Accuses Darren Sharper of Rape
    by Robert Littal | Posted on Saturday, January 18th, 2014

    Darren Sharper has some explaining to do.

    He was arrested for allegedly raping two women on separate dates in California and now he is being investigated for raping a 3rd woman in Louisiana.

    According to WDSU.com, a Louisiana woman filed a sexual assault complaint against Sharper last year, accusing him of criminal misconduct.

    “The NOPD is investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Darren Sharper,” the New Orleans Police Department told WDSU.com in a statement. “As with every case alleging sexual assault, information gathered is extremely sensitive and the top priority of the detectives is to protect the person who filed the complaint. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot provide additional information at this time.”

    According to the report the alleged assault happened at a private residence.

    It should be noted that Sharper has not been charged in the Louisiana case and the investigation is still open.

    Read more at http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2014/01/3rd-woman-in-louisiana-accuses-darren-sharper-of-rape/#SVKB6QgtJVBewGcL.99

  • goldenstar

    I would so love to see this exhibit and to see a video interview of this photographer. Money quote: “Now they seem like momentous events. At the time, they were covered in the back pages of newspapers, for the most part. The only time blacks appeared in newspapers at that time was when there was violence,” Adelman said.

    Some things have not changed.

    ******
    Exhibit Shows Adelman’s Civil Rights-Era Photos
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    JAN. 19, 2014, 11:39 A.M. E.S.T.
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Flipping through a stack of color images he shot during a 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., photographer Bob Adelman is casual about the history they represent.

    He pauses at the image of a group of people with clasped hands raised in victory at a Montgomery, Ala., cab stand, where people had gathered during the city’s long bus boycott a decade earlier, and calls them “real King fans.” Pointing to the second floor of the Alabama Capitol, behind a line of green-helmeted troops, he chuckles as he remembers, “Gov. Wallace was hiding behind the curtains up there.”

    Then there’s the man with his fist raised in mid-speech, whom he calls “Doc” — better known as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Now they seem like momentous events. At the time, they were covered in the back pages of newspapers, for the most part. The only time blacks appeared in newspapers at that time was when there was violence,” Adelman said.

    The images are among roughly 150 assembled at Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art-Fort Lauderdale for an exhibit marking the half-century since the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964.

    Adelman volunteered his services as a photographer to the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He went on to shoot the covers of national magazines and the front pages of national newspapers, but he always considered himself an activist.

    “Unlike photojournalists trying to get the shot, this is somebody that is part of the circle really recognizing the role he can play in bringing about change through his images,” museum director Bonnie Clearwater said.

    The exhibit is titled “The Movement,” referring to both the efforts to end segregation in America and Adelman’s aesthetic as a photographer, Clearwater said.

    Adelman wanted to capture the spirit of the demonstrations on film, but frame after frame focuses on bodies — how the people in the movement physically moved.

    Another image from the march to Montgomery shows King and his wife at the front of a crowd that seems endless behind them, in spite of the rain that has dampened their clothes. The descendants of enslaved people who had no rights to their own bodies were marching en masse across a landscape in which signs and white people told black people where they could and could not go.

    “I told my friends, ‘This is history,’ even though it was not apparent to many people,” Adelman said. “I thought this using your body to try to change things, whether you tried to vote or went to the bathroom or you were trying to go into a movie theater or whatever — that was inescapable and it was I guess very, very provocative and confrontational.”

    In his Miami Beach home, above a fireplace filled with dozens of the books he has published, hangs Adelman’s iconic image of King delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, raising his right hand over his head as he crescendos with the words of an old spiritual, “Free at last! Free at Last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

    The contact sheet with that image has been enlarged for the exhibit. The frame is in the center of a row of negatives and has a crack through its center. It was reprinted so many times that the negative tore.

    “I’ve spent 50 years wondering, with all these photographers there, why I took the definitive picture,” said Adelman, 83. “I only came there because I knew that Doc was the most extraordinary speaker I ever heard and he would speak in an unforgettable way.”

    ……

    http://goo.gl/yEBmHR

    • rikyrah

      I want to see this exhibit too

      • conlakappa

        I want a reprint! I was looking online this morning for b/w photos for framing.

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          I want a coffee table book (since we’re talking about what we want). I will not be getting to Miami to see it, so… make it a book, people!

          • conlakappa

            Ha! Now you are in one of those moods! Impish but like you’d cut somebody. I just got two new coffee table books: both on AfAm portraiture.

          • BarbinAtlSouth

            LOL

          • Alma98

            When you said coffee table book I immediately thought of Seinfeld lol.

    • qosine

      Critical, critical distinction. See this in the works of Souza compared to the WHPC/Woodward/cable circuit approach.
      “Unlike photojournalists trying to get the shot, this is somebody that is part of the circle really recognizing the role he can play in bringing about change through his images,” museum director Bonnie Clearwater said.

  • Alma98

    WTH! Is this Blood, Sweat & Heels show?
    The woman named Daisy tried to say celibate but said celibant lol.

    • goldenstar

      Was she conversating?

      • Alma98

        She was doing some show within the show called Brooklyn Brunch Series. And she was talking about her sex life. How come every reality show about black women have to make black women look crazy, angry & ignorant?

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          (le sigh) I coulda’ lived my whole life without knowing about the existence of this.

          And speaking of TV – anybody else confused all to hell by Being Mary Jane?

          • Alma98

            I’m confused too Barb lol.

        • BoomerGal

          Probably b/c it’s amusing to white audiences and like sex, comedy sells.

  • goldenstar

    Now this is mighty mighty interesting.

    Congressional Leaders Suggest Earlier Snowden Link to Russia

    By ERIC SCHMITT and DAVID E. SANGERJAN. 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees suggested on Sunday that Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, may have been working for Russian spy services while he was employed at an agency facility in Hawaii last year and before he disclosed hundreds of thousands of classified government documents.

    The lawmakers, Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, offered no specific evidence that Mr. Snowden cooperated with Moscow. So far, there has been no public indication that the F.B.I.’s investigation into Mr. Snowden’s actions, bolstered by separate “damage assessment” investigations at the N.S.A. and the Pentagon, has uncovered evidence that Mr. Snowden received help from a foreign intelligence service.

    But Mr. Rogers, in particular, referred to a recent classified report by the Defense Intelligence Agency that he has described in other interviews as concluding that Mr. Snowden stole approximately 1.7 million intelligence files that concern vital operations of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. He said that it would cost billions of dollars to change operations because of the security breaches.

    The defense intelligence report remains classified, though some members of Congress have been briefed on it in recent weeks.

    “I believe there’s questions to be answered there,” Mr. Rogers said on the NBC program “Meet the Press.” “I don’t think it was a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the F.S.B.,” he said, referring to the Federal Security Service, the Russian state security organization that succeeded the K.G.B.

    Ben Wizner, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who advises Mr. Snowden, said in a telephone interview on Sunday that the accusation that Mr. Snowden had been recruited by Russian spy services before he left Hawaii was “not only false, it is silly.”

    Mr. Wizner also criticized Mr. Rogers’ description of the defense agency report as “exaggerated national security claims.”

    A senior official with access to the intelligence on Mr. Snowden said that American suspicions had been raised in part because of changes that have taken place in information that Mr. Snowden is believed to have stored since he left the United States. Investigators believe that data is being stored by an Internet cloud service, though it is unclear who has access to it. The United States is concerned that Russian agents may have access to the data while Mr. Snowden is in the country under temporary asylum, or in exchange for his asylum.

    “Something more was going on there, and because of the nature of the information that was stolen,” Mr. Rogers said in a separate appearance on the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” adding that it had “nothing to do with Americans’ privacy, a lot to do with our operations overseas.”

    Ms. Feinstein, when asked by David Gregory, the host of “Meet the Press,” whether she agreed with Mr. Rogers that Mr. Snowden may have had help from the Russians, was more tentative: “He may well have. We don’t know at this stage.”

    Both lawmakers said their committees would continue to pursue these suspicions.

    Mr. Snowden has been living in Russia since June. In an interview with The New York Times last October, Mr. Snowden said he did not take any secret N.S.A. documents with him to Russia when he fled there, ensuring that Russian intelligence officials could not get access to them.

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    • Alma98

      uh huh

      • rikyrah

        and all the emos are now lining up trying to ‘explain’ how this muthafuckin’ traitor is something other than a traitor.

        the proof keeps on slapping them upside the head, but they always got an ‘ excuse’ about Snowden.

        • malletgirl02

          While the emos are trying to explain how Snowden is not a traitor they need to explain why Russia is ok to work with with all its human rights violations.

        • gn

          They’re about as stupid as the far right and will believe just about anything so long as it negatively implicates the PBO. There have always been holes in Snowden’s story through which a mack truck can be driven. Clearly Snowden is trained in professional propaganda amongst other things. Obvious from the very beginning that this story reeked.

    • Aquagranny911

      Oh yeah, little Snowspy & Gumball G are going to find out that NSA & DOJ DO NOT PLAY!!!

    • malletgirl02

      So he was a mole even before the disclosure, give him what is due a traitor.

    • gn

      So we’re getting closer to the truth. Homeboy’s a spy and that entire operation wasn’t whistleblowing, it was a transaction. I had thought he was spying for China, but not surprised that it was Russia. I would like to know the role of the “journalists” who laundered the stolen intel through the media. I would be completely unsurprised if one or more of them is spying for Russia or China as well.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!